Hagibis Designated As 'extraordinary Disaster'

Hagibis designated as 'extraordinary disaster'

The Japanese government has decided to designate the extensive damage from Typhoon Hagibis as an "extraordinary disaster." People in the affected areas will be given flexible treatment for administrative procedures.

The government made the decision at a cabinet meeting on Friday.

Last weekend's storm caused widespread damage in Tohoku in the northeast and the Kanto-Koshin region, including Tokyo.

The designation will allow people affected by the disaster to renew their driver's licenses after the expiry date. They will also be able to delay bankruptcy proceedings.

The justice ministry says procedures for residence status and other matters will be handled in a flexible manner if foreign residents fail to meet the deadlines because of the disaster.

Hagibis will be the sixth disaster to be given such a designation. The government established the system after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.